Wednesday August 30, 2017
Wainuiomata overcome by Whiti Te Ra
ABOVE: Wainuiomata Lions fought hard against Whiti Te Ra in Saturday’s Wellington rugby league premiership grand final at the Petone Recreation Ground. PHOTO: Supplied
LEFT: Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace, right, and a couple of Wainuiomata Lions junior players pose with the Rugby League World Cup which was a feature at Saturday’s Wellington rugby league premiership grand final. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
By Dan Whitfield
Wainuiomata was unable to capitalise against Whiti Te Ra on Saturday, losing 18-8 in Saturday’s Wellington rugby league premiership grand final at the Petone Recreation Ground. Whiti Te Ra was the first to score however, it was Wainuiomata that scored before half time to take the lead 8-6 in the second half.
It was a close score for much of the rest of the game, with both teams playing hard until the end. Wainuiomata and Whiti Te Ra were almost equal until Whiti Te Ra’s Aaron Whitikia scored the first of two tries late in the second half. The second try to Whiti Te Ra’s fullback sealed the victory. The win was a back-to-back success for the Otaki club. In 2016, Whiti Te Ra picked
Patea-Fereti to captain Wellington Pride squad Former Black Fern Jackie Patea-Fereti will lead the Wellington Pride into the Farah Palmer Cup after being named captain of the 2017 squad. The Wainuiomata No.8 is one of two former Black Ferns in the team’s 30-strong squad – being joined by Brooke Tauaneai and Kiri Mei who are also from Wainuiomata. Wellington Pride coach Ross Bond said naming his final squad had been a challenging task. “We started with an extended squad of 50 and the cool thing was that through our preseason they all hung in there and put real pressure on for places,” Ross said. “I’m very happy with the final squad which has a mix of some exciting young players who are pushing through and some experienced The 2017 Wellington Pride Squad for the Farah Palmer Cup is: Oriental-Rongotai: Raylene Lolo, Janet Taumoli, Alicia Print, Joanah Ngan-Woo, Lilian Mapu, Kauna Lopa, Ayesha Leti-l’iga, Reijeli Uluinayau. Petone: Angel Uila, Petra Krikalova, Accacia Te Iwimate. Poneke: Patricia Kalolo-Apolinario, Saua Ualesi. Wainuiomata: Brooke Tauaneai, Kiri Mei, Jackie
hands led by Jackie.” Among the young guns in the squad are St Mary’s College College students and outside backs Cheyne Copeland from Marist St Pats and Dhys Faleafaga from Northern United. There are eight members of the Victoria Tavern Trophy winning Oriental-Rongotai team and representatives from eight other Wellington clubs. Ross said he expected to make full use of his 30-strong roster. “We don’t have a development team, so it’s important that we keep a wider squad training together and preparing well through the season.” The Pride’s season kicks off on Saturday, September 2 against Hawke’s Bay at Jerry Collins Stadium in Porirua. Patea-Fereti (c). Old Boys University: Holly McDonald, Gina Williamson, Tawny Burgess. Marist St Pats: Sinead To’oala-Ryder, Cheyne Copeland, Jane Bryce, Monica Tagoai, Tina Vauua-Hamlin. Hutt Old Boys Marist: Rosie Stirling. Paramata-Plimmerton: Tove Svanborg. Northern United: Sanita Levave, Vaine Marsters, Dhys Faleafaga, Lekah Leti.
up the Wellington title unbeaten. They look to head into the 2018 as the team to beat. The Porirua Vikings overcame Petone 43-4 to secure its promotion into next year’s premiership competition. Wellington will host the Rugby League World Cup quarter-final on November 18. The Rugby League World Cup, which is also known as the Paul Barrière Trophy, was on show at the grand final on Saturday.
Notable past Wainuiomata Lions players include: • David Faiumu • Paul Whatuira • Ava Seumanufagai • Marvin Karawana • David Lomax • John Lomax • Billy Weepu • Piri Weepu • Tana Umaga
with Jacob Page
Christchurch can’t complain about All Black drought Christchurch is currently unfit to host an All Blacks test - the stadium simply isn’t up to it. Many were aghast when Canterbury missed out on test rugby for the next three seasons but the reality is, in a commercially driven environment, the slapped together AMI Stadium can’t function. It’s not about how many All Blacks are created on the mainland, or trophies in the collective cabinet, the New Zealand Rugby Union want profits and quality facilities. With squabbling still going on over who will stump up what cash for a new Christchurch stadium, Cantabrians are left with a stadium well below par. Crusaders boss Hamish Riach is right in one sense that fans are stay-
ing away from the ground because of it’s mediocre nature. I went to the Super Rugby quarter and semi finals played there last month and I can assure you, it’s like watching a game while being crammed into a tin of sardines. One of the kick-offs was when the temperature was already -1. All in all the tickets cost $110 for both games - while I enjoyed the nights, I wouldn’t do it again. Rest assured the All Blacks will be playing more and more games in Auckland over the coming years. It’s where the NZRU can make the most money and where the biggest population is. It’s bad news for rugby fans everywhere else but money doesn’t just talk, it screams.
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